Saturday, September 6, 2014

Coming Up in Emerald Hills and nearby - September 6 - 27th, 2014

Today (Saturday, Sept. 6th)  at the Farmers Market 

on Market St - 3 - 6pm -

Hot Dogs are only 50 cents each - while supplies last.


Sunday, Sept. 7th from 7am-12noon -  3 Family Yard Sale PLUS Clothing Store CloseOut Goodies

966 Kelton near Roswell

Lots of stuff for you to buy.
Nearly new truck tires
Purses - LOTS of purses
Women's Clothing - including NEW dresses, summer dresses, ethnic styles


FREE Homework Help at the Valencia Park/ Malcolm X Library has begun for the fall season.

Mondays 4-5pm
Tuesdays 5-7:30pm
Thursdays 3-5pm
Fridays 3-5pm
Saturdays 12:30-2pm

Make sure to check the events page - other activities like Teen Council, Storytime- Every Tuesday, Rainbow Looms - every Tuesday,  Latin Dance Class- every Tuesday, Yoga and Wellness- Every Wednesday, Toastmasters- Every Wednesday, ...

Tuesday, Sept. 9th

Emerald Hills Neighborhood Council Meeting

6-7pm at the Johnson S.T.E.M. Elementary School auditorium, 1355 Kelton Rd

Wednesday, Sept. 10th

Transportation Justice Community Meeting 


Your Neighbors invite you to join us to discuss:
  • Access to safe, efficient, and affordable transportation options
  • What are your transportation needs and priorities
  • How can you influence transportation planning decisions
Please join us at the
Jacobs Center 1st floor
404 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92114
Wednesday September 10. 5:30pm—7:30pm.
**Dinner will be provided**
Spanish Translation available
For information contact: Franco 619-794-5694

Wednesdays 3-4pm at the Malcolm X Library- Adults, Teens and kids ages 8 and over

Crochet lessons with plenty of yarn and crochet hooks (Bring your own H, I or J size if you can)

Thursday, Sept. 11th Patriot Day

All U.S. Flags at half-staff.


Saturday, Sept. 13th  People's Produce Farmers Market, 4981 Market St , 3-6pm


Saturday,  Sept. 20th 

People's Produce Farmers Market, 4981 Market St , 3-6pm

Fun Food Art Projects at the People's Produce Certified Farmers Market??


Saturday, Sept. 27th

Gift Day Celebration for Friends of the Malcolm X Library - FUNdraiser for theValencia Park/ Malcolm X Library Branch

Daytime activities starting at 9:30a.m, including vendors/ entertainment with
DJ Music and food.

There will also be an Evening Program including a Guest Speaker (T.B.A.) and dinner from

6:00-9:00pm for a $15.00 donation. For more info: 619-779-3758 or 619-527-3405

Saturday, Sept. 27th
People's Produce Farmers Market, 4981 Market St , 3-6pm

Still waiting for updates from Johnson School Open House, Fall Community Meeting at the Jacobs Center ...

Have you noticed that Walgreens Site is making progress? YAY!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Water Water Waste No Water

Fire, Plants Defensible Space - County of San Diego info  (BW, 18 pgs, includes plants list)

California-friendly Gardening in San Diego County from San Diego County Water Authority

General Water Conservation Information:
(619) 533-7485

San Diegans Waste No Water, All Ways. Always.

 Drought Alert condition - a heightened set of voluntary but very important practices, in addition to the permanent, mandatory restrictions already in place.
Please first review the permanent mandatory restrictions already in place, plus the Level 1 restrictions effective July 1, 2014. San Diego residents are also encouraged to report water waste by calling the Water Waste Hotline at (619) 533-5271.

Permanent Mandatory Restrictions

In recent years the San Diego City Council approved permanent restrictions on wasteful water use. These restrictions are now in place year around. The following prohibitions are in effect at all times.
  • Customers shall repair or stop all water leaks upon discovery or within 72 hours of notification by the City of San Diego.
  • The time of day when watering is allowed (before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from June to October, and before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. from November to May) is a permanent restriction. This does not apply to irrigation as required by a landscape permit; for erosion control; for establishment, repair or renovation of public use fields; for landscape establishment following a disaster; for renovation or repair of an irrigation system; and for nursery and commercial growers using hand held containers, positive shut off nozzles, or drip/micro-spray systems. The City will review variance applications from customers who feel they cannot abide by this watering schedule.
  • City of San Diego water customers must prohibit excessive irrigation and must immediately correct leaks in their private water systems. The City's regulations now state that customers "shall not allow water to leave their property due to drainage onto adjacent properties or public or private roadways or streets or gutters due to excessive irrigation and/or uncorrected leaks."
  • Customers cannot use a running hose to wash down sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas, except to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards, unless that hose is connected to a water efficient device such as a commercial water broom.
  • Overfilling of swimming pools and spas is strictly prohibited.
  • All decorative water fountains must use a recirculating pump.
  • Vehicles may only be washed at a commercial car wash or by using a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle or with a hand-held water container.
  • The City will not provide new water service connections for customers using single pass-through cooling systems.
  • All new conveyer car wash and commercial laundry systems connections will be required to employ a recirculating water system.
  • Restaurants and other food establishments shall only serve and refill water for patrons upon request.
  • Guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments will be provided the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.

Level 1 Restrictions, effective July 1, 2014

On July 1, 2014, the City of San Diego entered a Level 1 Drought Condition Alert. Below are the recommendations set forth by the City for Level 1, in addition to the permanent restrictions above:
  • Limit watering of landscapes to no more than 3 days per week.
  • When watering without an irrigation system, use either a hand-held hose with a shutoff valve or a garden hose sprinkler system on a timer.
  • Washing of vehicles is limited to the same seasonal schedule as irrigation, as explained in permanent restrictions (except for: boats, which may be washed after use; vehicles with health/safety issues; or when washing at a commercial carwash that recycles water).
  • Do not water/irrigate during rain events.
  • Use recycled water for construction purposes, when available.
  • Construction operations may only use water for normal construction activities, consistent with Section 67.3803 and that required by regulatory agencies.
  • Limit the use of fire hydrants to fire fighting, construction, health and safety.
Leaks and over irrigation can cause significant waste. The City of San Diego offers free Water Conservation services:
For a survey appointment and more information, call (619) 570-1999, or

 From June 1 through October 31, when the weather is hotter, customers must water their landscape prior to 10 a.m. in the morning, and not until after 6:00 p.m. in the evening, to lessen evaporation and get the most out of your water use.
When water timers are set correctly, customers are using water more efficiently. For more information on water conservation and the City's landscape watering calculator, which helps customers determine the amount of water use according to their specific landscape design, visit the Waste No Water Information and Resources page.

Tools to Help Eliminate Water Waste

Landscape Watering Calculator is available here, to help you determine how long to water your landscape.
In addition, the San Diego County Water Authority offers a Residential Household Water Use Calculator to help residents estimate how much water they use in their homes, and provides practical tips for conserving.

Rebate Programs

The City's Public Utilities Department has residential and commercial outdoor rebate programs to help customers save in a big way. Funded primarily by state grants competitively sought and obtained by the City, the rebates are available to eligible single-family, multi-family and commercial customers on a first-come, first served basis. Click the icons to the right to learn more about micro-irrigation, turf removal and rainwater harvesting (rain barrels) rebates.

Water Hotline

Report water waste by calling:
(619) 533-5271

Conserving Water is Everybody's Responsibility
While at virtually every multi-family property there are shared water meters, it is vitally important that all San Diegans work together to save water. Cutting down on water usage both inside and outside the home not only helps save water, it helps San Diego.
Here are some simple things you can do to reduce water usage:
  • Make sure, whenever possible, you are using low water-use showerheads, aerators, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers. Some incentives are available. Visit for more information.
  • Report to management or repair drips, leaking toilets or other leaking water fixtures
  • Take short showers and turn the water off while lathering or shaving
  • Don't use running hot water to defrost food. Plan ahead or use the microwave
  • When rinsing fruits and vegetables, catch the water for use to rinse dishes, run the garbage disposal or water plants
  • Scrape food off dishes before washing rather than rinsing them
  • Use a basin or the largest pot to hand-wash dishes rather than filling the sink
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full
  • Take your car to a car wash
  • Use a broom to clean the patio
  • Report broken sprinkler heads or excessive wet spots to management
Call the City of San Diego at (619) 515-3500 to ask for free posters or fliers with water conservation information that can be posted around your complex.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fire and Water Info Emergency and Drought Conditions

As of July 1, 2014 the San Diego Fire Rescue Dept. has a pilot program in Encanto with a Fast Response Squad (FRS). It is a two person crew, one of whom is a paramedic. Known by call sign Squad 55, they can assess and treat a patient prior to arrival of an ambulance +/or fire enguine. It cares a small amount of water or foam to begin firefighting, but doesn't have the capability to attach hose to a hydrant. Staffing is seven days a week, 8am-8pm at 6135 Imperial Avenue. The Encanto neighborhood was identified as an area that is underserved by the existing fire station distribution. This is a PILOT program. If successful, it may be expanded to other areas of the city.

Mission Trails had a small fire recently. If it happened in our area, would you be ready?
It's going to be another tough fire season with the drought continuing.

How Can I Prepare? - developed by the Farm and Home Advirsor's Office, UC Cooperative Extension, County of San Diego and with funding from Board of Supervisors and County of San Diego

Fire Safety Education -
CAL FIRE - Fire Safety Education

Ready Set Go - this was the guide at the July Meeting.
You can view the info at: Wildfire is Coming. Is Your Home Protected? Forest Fire Safety Tips

Ready Set Go! Wildfire Action Plan

Just the Defensible Space Flier - Quick Checklist
en espanol
Make Your Home FIRESAFE - A Quick Checklist (Espanol)

Homeowners Checklist  factsheets -2 page guide

CAL FIRE's Ready Set Go Video - Wildfires . Not a question of IF, but a question of WHEN.
VIDEO on YouTube

Wildfire Zone Cards

Summer Storms During or After Info - old but helpful- lightning, electrical safety, gas safety, chemical safety, heating safety, generator safety.

Brush Management and Weed Abatement:
Brush Management and Weed Abatement | San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

On City owned open Space land:

Brush management on City-owned open space land: City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, Brush Management Section (619) 685-1350. and-recreation/

Watch video about Brush Management

Most of Emerald Hills / Encano Area is Considered Official Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (grid 16 of the City of SD Fire-Rescue maps)

Creating a Fire-Safe Home - Defensible Space videoWildfire Zone

quiz online -Before the Fire

Homeowners wildfire assessment online

Prevent Runoff Pollution

Report Stormwater Violation

Fire-Resistant California Friendly Plants

Homeowner's Guide to Fire and Watershed Management at the Chaparral/ Urban Interface- 90 pgs. detailed info

Save Our Water

Calculate Your Water Use at Home

Saving Water,Inside & Out

Build a Beautiful Water-Wise Garden

California Native Plant society

Master Gardener Association of San Diego County

The Water Conservation Garden

San Diego Horticultural Society

Fire, Plants Defensible Space - County of San Diego info  (BW, 18 pgs, includes plants list)

Emergency Notification System

Self Registration Instructions

Because the system uses 9-1-1 telephone databases, only land-line numbers are in the system. If you have a Voice over IP (VoIP) or cellular telephone and would like to be notified through that device, or if you would like an email notification, you must self-register those telephone numbers and/or email address with the system.
To register your VoIP telephone, cellular telephone, or email address, and to view the Frequently Asked Questions for more information, please click on the link below.
If you registered with the City's previous emergency notification system (i.e. Reverse 911®) before or on January 22, 2009 your data is already loaded into the Alert San Diego system.
Self Register for Alert San Diego
Self Register for Alert San Diego